Cherrapunji with the native name Sohra being more commonly used, and can also be spelled Cherranpunjee, is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is the traditional capital of ka hima Nongkhlaw (Khasi tribal kingdom).
Counted amongst the places with maximum rainfall in the world, Cherrapunji is located near the Wettest Place on Earth, Mawsynram. There are spectacular waterfalls in Cherapunjee credited for the beautiful landscape. Among the most popular waterfalls in Cherapunjee are Nohkalikai Falls and The Dain Thlen Falls. The original name of this town is Sohra, and was pronounced as Chhura by the British Rulers. Cherrapunjee has served as a capital of Assam during the British Era and as the center of Khasi and Literature during the same time.
It is blessed with profuse vegetation. The Living Root Bridge is an astonishing creation of nature and has been rightly considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These bridges are formed by thick roots tangled with each other. A paradise for nature-buffs, Cherrapunji is an ideal destination if you want to take a break from your monotonous life. Have a look at the Cherrapunji Travel Guide by Indian Holiday, where we have arrayed brief tourist information of Cherrapunji.
While the Cherrapunji weather stays pleasant throughout the year, the town witnesses rainfall for the majority of the months. And so, the best time for planning your Cherrapunji tour is between the months of October and June experience relatively lesser droplets and cooler temperature.
And while Cherrapunji is blessed with numerous places one can be in awe of, here are few that’s been tagging along, virtually, on top of that list since ages:
- Nohkalikai Falls:
Located at a distance of just 5 km from the main town, Nohkalikai waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in India. Gushing down from a height of 1100 feet, this waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Cherrapunji. Drive through a high tableland, hike for a small distance and you arrive at the viewpoint from where you can have a panoramic view of the Nohkalikai waterfall, cascading down into a pool-like formation. Monsoon season is the best time to visit Nohkalikai when the falls are in their full form. From the viewing gallery, tourists can not only enjoy a panoramic view of the waterfalls but also the lush surroundings. A fleet of stairs take you to other viewpoints.
- Double Decker Living Root Bridge:
There is no doubt that Cherrapunji is an ideal place for trekking and soaking up the peace that nature offers. But what adds more thrill to this adventurous experience are the living root bridges located in the Tyrna village. The two-tier bridge is 100 feet long in length and is known around the world as the 150-year old man-made natural wonder, which is certainly one of the top reasons to visit Cherrapunji. Also, note that those bridges are made naturally out of rubber trees.
- Nohsngithiang Falls:
Also known as the Seven Sister falls or Mawsmai fall is a seven segmented waterfall located 1 Kilometre south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi hills district in the state of Meghalaya. These waterfalls are amongst the most gorgeous one’s to witness in town. The best time to admire these multiple streams of water falling down from a large cliff is during a sunny day, as it mostly remains shrouded in clouds on the other days.
- Krem Phyllut:
Located south of the town, Krem Phyllut is one of the best places to visit during the Cherrapunji sightseeing. Usually crowded with tourists and locals, the grandeur of these caves is unmatchable and undoubtedly worth witnessing once in your life. You can enter the caves from any of its three entrances or the two river passages.
- Mawsmai Cave:
These are situated only a half a kilometer from the town, this is the most splendid place to be explored during your trip. What makes it a reason for visiting Cherrapunji is the fact that these are the fourth longest caves in the entire Indian sub-continent, which also have a little pool inside formed by five different rivers.
- Nokrek National Park:
Located at some 130 kilometers from the town of Cherrapunji, Nokrek National Park is the one of the only places in India that is home to a few Red Panda. Apart from this, the Asian elephants, eight species of cats, and the rich varieties of flora make it a perfect place for wildlife lovers and nature admirers like you.
Apart from these, there are still much more to the town of Cherrapunji to be explored and admired.